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encourage

verb [T] uk   /ɪnˈkʌr.ɪdʒ/ us    /-ˈkɝː-/
B1 to make someone more likely to do something, or to make something more likely to happen: [T + to infinitive] We were encouraged to learn foreign languages at school. The council is encouraging the development of the property for both employment and recreation. B1 to talk or behave in a way that gives someone confidence to do something: They've always encouraged me in everything I've wanted to do.
(Definition of encourage from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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